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Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

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CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2009

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Mr. FOSTER. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 2, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

This historic legislation renews and improves SCHIP. It extends coverage to 4 million uninsured children who are currently eligible for but who are not enrolled in SCHIP and in Medicaid.

As a fiscal conservative, I am also proud that even in today's financial storm and even under scoring rules that do not fully reflect the long-term fiscal benefits of providing adequate health care to children that the bill is fully paid for. With a modest increase in tobacco sales tax providing a bulk of the funding, we are able to provide coverage to millions of children and not add to the deficit.

This bill honors our moral commitment to help our youngest children in their health while ensuring that this legislation does not hinder their future by saddling them with huge debts.

The bill could not come at a better time. Our economy continues to worsen, and more and more people are at risk of losing their health care. This program will help give millions of parents the peace of mind that their children at least will have access to health care.

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